Easy Lettuce Wrap Recipe

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I have always loved learning about and celebrating all kinds of cultures; I find other traditions fascinating and beautiful. One holiday that is always fun to celebrate is Chines New Year, and it's right around the corner! In honor of this holiday I decided to share one of my favorite Asian-inspired dishes - lettuce wraps. Using Dole Pineapple Chunks, Minute® Whole Grain Brown Rice, and Kikkoman Soy Sauce from Walmart, I created a version that is simple enough for anyone to make and bonus- you can eat it and feel guilt free!

To make these simple lettuce wraps, you will need:

1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 lb Chicken Breasts or Tenders
1 Yellow Onion- medium
3 Green Onions
1 8oz can Water Chestnuts
1 tbsp fresh Ginger
2 cloves Garlic
1/4 cup Coconut Milk
1 cup Minute® Whole Grain Brown Rice
2/3 cup Dole Pineapple Chunks
1 tbsp Kikkoman Soy Sauce
1 head of Lettuce

On a cutting board, dice your onion and water chestnuts, slice the green onion- thinly, and mince the garlic and ginger. On a clean surface, finely dice the chicken. Heat up the olive oil in a sauté pan, over medium heat, then add the chicken and vegetables. While they cook, begin cooking the rice following the instructions included on the packaging. Once the chicken has cooked all the way through, add the coconut milk, soy sauce, and pineapple. Stir together, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer while the rice finishes cooking. Once the rice has absorbed all of the water, place it into a bowl and top with the filling. Wash the lettuce and separate the leaves onto a plate. Spoon the rice and filling onto the lettuce leaves and serve with a side of soy sauce.

My roommates and I can all attest that this is such a delicious recipe! It will be prefect for your Chines New Year celebration! For more Asian-inspired recipes, visit the Chinese New Year Eats social hub HERE.

How do you celebrate Chinese New Year or other cultural events?


Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños & Hot Dogs // Be Game Day Ready

With the big Game day quickly approaching, it's time to start planning out your menu. Football parties tend to play host to a lot of hungry people who won't be satisfied with just a salad... So it's important to think hearty, delicious, comfort food. This post covers two recipes in one and BONUS, they can be made at the same time, so you're really killing two birds with one stone. Plus, they taste incredible!

If you're anything like me, then thinking about party food also makes you think "party mess"... Clean up can be such a hassle, especially when it means food stained clothing. But that's why I am prepping for this upcoming game day with Persil ProClean! It's the current top-rated laundry detergent that is really going to get the job done. So now, you can plan your party with peace of mind, knowing that your clothes are safe and your guest's bellies satisfied.

To make the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños and Hot Dogs, you will need:

Mini Hot Dogs
Cream Cheese
Brown Sugar
Tin Foil
Baking Sheet

Preheat your oven to 400°. On a cutting board, cut your jalapeños in half, length-wise. Use a spoon to dig out ALL of the seeds, then fill the centers with cream cheese. Next, cut your bacon in half and wrap it around the mini hot dogs and jalapeños, then secure with a toothpick. Place 1/2 cup of brown sugar into a bowl, then coat each jalapeño and hot dog. Place them all on a tin foil lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. When they're done, remove the toothpicks and serve with a sweet barbecue sauce.

Be sure to watch for the Persil ProClean ad during the big game and in the meantime, check out Persil's Facebook for stain removal tips, fun games, great prizes, and additional information.

What kinds of food do you like to serve at your game day parties? Let me know if you try the Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños and Hot Dogs! It's my sister's recipe that she recommended for my blog, and I'm so glad she did!


Feeling Free // My Healing Process

A few years ago I was experiencing a lot of negative self talk which led to doubt, disappointment, and generally negative opinions about myself. I spent a lot of time just being sad and discouraged, and many nights were spent in tears. Even though that was a very personal trial, that most people in my life didn't even see, it was reflected in my day to day experiences and my physical well-being. The year where most of this took place, ended with an experience that left me feeling exhausted and heart broken. It was the perfect metaphorical cherry on top of the bitter ice cream sundae. And yet... it was also the catalyst for change that I so desperately needed.

At this point I moved across the country (many of you may now be figuring out the timeline here). I needed change, and for me it literally took taking myself out of the comfortable and negative-enabling atmosphere, and placing me somewhere completely new and unknown. Here I was able to start over, to take the time to fix myself from the inside out. It started slowly, but as soon as I had figured out the formula, the change happened practically overnight.

I began the process by only spending time with people I truly loved and who loved me- unconditionally. I started working on embracing my physical appearance- in its natural state. I wanted to love myself without makeup, hair dye, eyelash extensions, and all of the things I had felt I needed to be beautiful. But the most important detail to my healing process was spiritual. I spent a lot of my time reading/listening to talks given by leaders of my church, I wrote in my journal, I prayed- a lot, I read the scriptures, and I avoided all negative media content- including movies, music, Facebook posts, etc.

Then, my sister introduced me to Kundalini Yoga. It was something she had been practicing for a few years, and she knew that there was a real and healing power that came with the practice of it. I began listening to podcasts where a couple members of the same church as me explain the practice of Kundalini Yoga in a way that ties everything I believe together. I then started my own meditation practice and the healing was almost instantaneous. It took my faith, and the things that I knew to be true, including the Atonement of our Savior, and applied them in a real and physical way. It was like taking a dose of the most potent medicine that delivers almost immediate results.

At this point I was feeling like a completely different person, and that feeling has lasted, and will continue to last. I handle stressful situations without feeling like the world is ending, I don't fear the future, I love every bit of the past, and I am able to center myself in the present and savor the day to day. If it hadn't been for those bitter experiences that drove me to change, I wouldn't be enjoying or understanding the sweet life that is offered freely to all who are humble enough to partake. I now understand who I am, and the potential of what I can become. I understand my own power to create- not just life (literally) or arts and crafts, but the power to adjust the circumstances around me. My outlook on life, mortal and eternal, has shifted. I can see a bit more of the big picture, I know where I came from, and where I'm going, and there is peace in that.

As I mentioned above, one part of my healing process was physical. I stopped wearing so much makeup, and sometimes I don't wear any at all. But of course, I still take care of my skin and the company that has really made embracing my natural skin possible is Good Medicine Beauty Lab. I can't adequately express how much I love this skincare line and the difference it has made in the overall health of my skin. Their formulas are created in small batches, with all natural ingredients harvested from the resilient and nutrient-rich plants in the desert of Southern Utah, ensuring that each and every product is fresh, pure, and of the highest quality. I have absolutely loved every single item I've tried, from their Red Mineral Sand Polish to their Botanical Perfumes (pictured above).

For those of you who feel sad, lonely, or downright hopeless, know that there is strength and healing available to you. Join my mission with Foundation Magazine and feel free to reach out if you need insight or want to learn more about Kundalini Yoga or my Faith. For those who want to embrace their natural selves and be confident in their own skin, know that it starts from the inside out. And when you reach the outside, Good Medicine Beauty Lab is there to add the finishing touches.


Summer Cabin Trip Pt. 2

read pt. 1 HERE

The best time to visit my cabin is in the spring... I use the word "spring" loosely, as winter lasts until July at that elevation. Spring in the mountains is when the wildflowers are in full bloom and completely cover the hillsides in a rainbow of brilliant colors. And since it's also the rainy season, the greens are deeper and more vibrant than any other time of year, making the experience a real feast for the eyes.

We took it easy on this trip to the cabin, and spent the majority of our time doing not much of anything. The kids chased some of the local deer, I took pictures of the flora and fauna, and the rest of the adults slept the day away.

On the way home, a few of us decided to make the trip by walking, and it was one of the best hours of my Summer. I chatted with my niece about books, we laughed at their dog who liked to rest in the muddy spots and run through the tall grass, and my brother in law spent his time planning ways to jump out and scare us- which didn't work since he "cried wolf" a few years ago and I haven't let anyone forget it.

I can't wait for this coming Summer so I can get back up to my cabin. It's one of my favorite places where I can just "be" and let the rest of the world slip away.

Do you have a place like that?


Outfit Repeater

Sunsets are one of my favorite things. I have spent many summer evenings sitting on my parents balcony, watching the sun dip below the horizon, as I drink some tea and work on my blog, or pulling my car over to the side of the road, just so I can grab a picture of the vibrant colors. So when the light was doing amazing things in my front yard a couple weeks ago, I couldn't help but take advantage and snap some photos for this post. This outfit doesn't even feature any new items in my closet, in fact, you've probably seen each piece multiple times... But when the sun casts such perfect light in your front yard, you don't take time to change; you just snap away.

sweater- american eagle
dress- h&m
tights- nordstrom
shoes- nordstrom
necklace- madewell

When you blog, do you always feature new clothing or are you not afraid of being an outfit repeater?
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